The 2022 Rogue Invitational is scheduled for Oct. 28-30, 2022, in Austin, TX. For the second year in a row, the competition will feature a strongman contest, where 10 of the top strongman from across the globe will compete for the largest prize purse in the sport.
On Sept. 29, 2022, Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted of Iceland was confirmed as the final strongman on the roster — presumably replacing Evan Singleton, who had to vacate his invitation after a distal biceps tendon tear in his right arm sidelined him for the rest of the 2022 season. Singleton will remain out of competition until the 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) contest.
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Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted
According to Strongman Archives, Ingólfsson Melsted has competed in 16 premiere strongman contests. Here are some of the highlights:
- 2018 Iceland’s Strongest Man — Second place
- 2018 Strongest Man in Iceland — Second place
- 2019 Strongest Man in Iceland — Second place
- 2020 Strongest Man in Iceland — First place
- 2020 Iceland’s Strongest Man — Second place
- 2020 Pasaulio Taurė — Second place
- 2021 Strongest Man in Iceland — First place
- 2021 WSM Final — 10th place
- 2021 Iceland’s Strongest Man — Second place
- 2021 Magnús Ver Magnússon Strongman Classic — Second place
- 2022 WSM Final — Ninth place
2019 WSM champion Martins Licis won the inaugural strongman contest at the Rogue Invitational in 2021. Two-time reigning WSM champion Tom Stoltman finished as the runner-up, and 2020 WSM champion Oleksii Novikov rounded out the podium.
While Novikov will return to the Rogue Invitational in 2022 alongside Licis. Stoltman and his older brother, Luke, both declined their invites to recover from the 2022 season and prep for 2023. Four-time WSM champion Brian Shaw also declined his invite to the 2022 Rogue Invitational. Check out the current roster below:
2022 Rogue Invitational — Strongman Roster
- Martins Licis — Reigning Champion
- Oleksii Novikov
- Rob Kearney
- Maxime Boudreault
- Trey Mitchell
- Bobby Thompson
- Mitchell Hooper
- Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted
- Pavlo Nakonechnyy
- Kevin Faires
The events for the 2022 Rogue Invitational strongman contest have not yet been announced at the time of this article’s publication. We’ll see if Licis can continue his streak of podium finishes since returning to the elite competition stage or if someone like Melsted can upset the field and claim a podium position for a juicy prize purse.
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